302. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the reason the west of Ireland was not chosen to host the national Famine memorial day 2018 (details supplied); the reason Munster has been chosen; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49198/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As I have detailed in my response to Parliamentary Question No. 139 of 15 November, the decision to hold the National Famine Commemoration for 2018 in University College Cork was taken by the National  Famine Commemoration Committee earlier this year in recognition of the University’s long tradition of research and study of the Famine, including the publication of the Atlas of the Great Irish Famine and the development of The Great Irish Famine Online to be launched next year. Notwithstanding the particular circumstances applying in 2018, the Committee will continue to have regard to the location of previous events and national impact of the Great Famine in the selection of locations for future commemorations.